Is Steel Sustainable?

We’ve got the answers—because we know a ton about steel.

At Metal Works, we care about the environmental impact of our work. As we look to the future of our planet, it’s important for builders to choose products as sustainable or renewable as possible. So when people ask, “is steel sustainable?” we’re proud to say:

Steel is the most recyclable material you can choose for a construction project. 

It’s 100% recyclable, which means when recycled, it can be turned into exactly the same product with no loss of quality or usefulness. A steel girder can be recycled into another brand-new steel girder. Of course, it can be made into literally anything else made of steel as well—like a lamp post or a refrigerator.

What’s more: all steel used in modern structures is recyclable.

This includes off-cuts and other fabrication waste. At Metal Works, all of our internal protocols are aimed at eliminating as much waste as possible and ensuring all material not delivered to our customers is recycled or reused.

In addition to recycling material we don’t use, we also have a long-standing arrangement with the Butte College Welding program. Material we don’t use, as long as it’s still serviceable, is donated for use in their classrooms. This is just one of the ways we like to give back to the college, because we’ve welcomed quite a few of their strongly skilled graduates to come to work with us, as well.

Many of our partners cite Metal Works’ commitment to environmental sustainability in our materials and processes as one of the reasons they choose to continue working with us. Our staff, as well, benefit from our commitment to recycling on many levels. Because we always have a plan for responsibly handling off-cut and excess material, our shop floor is one of the tidiest in the industry.

Our commitment to sustainable practices in all of our work is evident in all we do here at Metal Works. If you’re ready to get started on your next steel fabrication project, get in touch with our team today.

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